Children of Cornelius and Persis (Harris) Bigelow were:
15336.51t Hiram Sr., b ____ 1793 VT; d 25 July 1891 Buckingham, Que; m (1) ca 1813 Nancy C. Lemieux; (2) ca 1826 Mrs Mary (Smith) Smith. 6 children, 3 by each marriage.
15336.52t Adam Chester Sr., b ca 1795 VT; d summer 1843 Buckingham; m 21 Jan 1819 Laurene Smith, who m (2) 1845 Samuel Warwick Sr.; 10 children.
15336.53t Cornelius, b 17 Apr 1798 (as given at his baptism 17 Mar 1820 in Chatham township) VT; d 1840's near Burtchville township, St. Clair co, MI; m 22 May 1826 Nancy Streeter; res Ft. Covington, Franklin co, NY, and Burtchville, MI. 2 children.
15336.54t Ebenezer W. Sr., b ca 1801 Townsend, VT, according to his prayerbook; d 23 Sept 1859 Chatham, Que; m 14 Aug 1827 Ellen Blair, who died 29 June 1901 and is buried at Calumet. 11 children.
15336.55 infant son, according to Howe's Bigelow genealogy.
15336.56 infant son, according to Howe's Bigelow genealogy.
15336.57t George, b ca 1806; drowned Ottawa River Apr 1845, and supposedly buried Montreal; m 17 Oct 1827 Margaret Kerr or Carr. George died thus: he was born with crippled hands and feet (a genetic trait which has been inherited by many of his descendants), and in taking a raft load of potash in barrels down river to Montreal, he slipped and was drowned, the body being washed up in Montreal some time later. 5 children.
15336.58t William Winants, b ca 1808, possibly in NY; d May 1851 Chatham township; m (1)18 Mar 1836 Catherine Sweeney, and (2)28 Dec 1841 Mary Sweeney, who later married Samuel McAdoo. 5 children.
15336.59 Mary, called Polly, died at age 1 year, according to Howe's Bigelow genealogy.
15336.5A John, died aged 15 years, according to Bigelow genealogy.
15336.5Bt Mary Lucinda, b ca 1815 (aged 46 yrs next birthday on 1861 census); d 9 June 1878 Sumner, Bremer co, IA; m 6 Apr 1830 James Blair, who died 1860, leaving a large family. (see below) (b 17 Mar 1802 VT)
15336.5Ct Louisa, b 28 Mar 1817 Chatham, Que; d 4 Feb 1901 Eagle, Clinton co, MI; m 22 May 1844 (at Ashford, NY) Gideon Russell; res IL, NY and MI. 3 children, all of whom were deceased before 1900.
15336.5Dt Edward, b ca 1820 Chatham, Que; d 22 May 1870 Ashford, Cartaraugus co, NY; m ca 1853 Mary Wilder. Edward had scarlet fever at age 2, and was left profoundly deaf. He never learned to speak properly, but on all censuses he is marked as "deaf-mute of high intelligence"; he was a shoemaker and farmer. 4 children.
15336.5Et Charles Nelson, b 19 May 1823 Chatham, Que; d 23 Apr 1914 Grand Ledge, Eaton co, MI; m (1)17 Mar 1842 his stepsister, Clarada Wiltse, and (2)1 May 1894 Ennna (Wise) Reese. Migrated to MI 1854, bringing his father and her mother. When he had been in MI a short time, he and 2 relatives walked a cleared trail (later it was the railbed of the track from Lansing north to Petoskey) from his farm to Petoskey, MI, over half the length of the state, and in that time saw neither a house, a farm, nor a settlement of any kind, but by his death, the state was thickly populated. 4 children.
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I, pg 239-240.
Howe, Bigelow Family of America; pg 192;
Descendants of Cornelius Bigelow, jr. (1798-184-); by Patricia (Mrs. Edward) Bigelow;
vital records, cemetery records and church records of VT, Que, MI, IA and NY;
censuses of Que, NY, VT, MI and IA;
obituaries and newspaper clippings; land records; protho-notary and military records of Que;
personal knowledge of and correspondence with descendants.
Subject: Cornelius 15336.5
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 01:19:50 -0800
From: "Jack & Joelle Kraft" < email@example.com >
I have finally found my ancestor in your GenPage. I saw your posting on Jan. 5 in the GenForum and followed it. Cornelius is my ggg-grandfather. A family history said that he was one of seven brothers that came over with Lafayette to fight for the US. After reading your info, I guess that is wrong. I have Mary Lucinda (15336.5Bt) b. Mar 17, 1802 VT. Married James Blair 1830. Children:
I got her birthdate from Roy Blair, he is gone and I don't know where his
My mother and aunt have tried to find out if one of his sons still have the info.
My mother was elated with just seeing the page on Cornelius. Wait until I get the rest of the history for her.
Thank you for breaking one of the walls on my moms side. Even though Blair is a common name. It is that that makes it hard to find the right line. The others are Hess, Zimmerman, Mautasch and Hunkey. Thanks again, Jack Kraft.
From: Lynn Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CORNELIUS BIGELOW WAS THE FATHER OF MARY LUCINDA BIGELOW BORN IN
VERMONT, USA IN 1802. MOVED TO CANADA WITH HER FAMILY IN 1805 WHEN SHE WAS THREE.
MARRIED JAMES BLAIR AND HAD 9 CHILDREN, ONE OF WHOM WAS PERSIS
PATIENCE BLAIR OUR GR.GR GRANDMOTHER. MARY LUCINDA LEFT CANADA AFTER
JAMES BLAIR DIED (SOMETIME AFTER 1859) AND MOVED TO IOWA WITH SON JOHN
BLAIR AND TO JOIN HER DAUGHTER MARY LUCINDA BLAIR CARROLL WHO LIVED
THERE WITH HER HUSBAND. SHE DIED AT SUMNER AND WAS BURIED IN
THE WILSON GROVE CEMETERY, NEAR SUMNER. MARY HAD BLUE EYES, BROWN HAIR
AND WAS SMALL IN STATURE.
1) 15336.5 Cornelius 6 BIGELOW
married, circa 1792, Persis Harris,
born between 1774 and 1776, daughter of Gerald and Elizabeth (Sawyer)
Harris. They are supposed to have moved to Montreal circa 1800, though a
fourth son was said to be born at Townsend, VT
in 1801. Howe's Bigelow genealogy says he went with his brothers to form
Montreal's first nail factory. By 1803 be is listed as
a tenant on the lands of Col. Daniel Robertson in Chatham township,
Argenteuil county. Still further rumor is that he returned to
New York briefly, but in 1807 was definitely back in Quebec. Howe's Bigelow
genealogy says he lived in Montreal during the
War of 1812, but children born after 1814 were all born at Chatham (now
called St. Philippe), Quebec.
Cornelius' wife Persis died 20 May 1823, following the birth of her
I would greatly appreciate knowing how Persis was determined to be a Harris
and how it was determined that her parents were Gerald Harris m Elizabeth
Sawyer. The Cornelius Bigelow home in Chatham, Quebec was very near that of
my 4th ggrandfather, Silas Harris, and according to a published genealogy
(authored by Lee & Mae Corless) that addresses the Harris family, Persis was
Silas' sister. Unfortunately, I can find absolutely no documentation for
this whatsoever and mathematically, this would appear to be highly unlikely
unless perhaps, Persis were the product of a second marriage to a much
younger wife.. This same genealogy claims that Elizabeth Sawyer was the
wife of Silas Harris and I have found some evidence to indicate that this is
correct. Nevertheless, if Persis was indeed, a Harris, determining her
relationship to my 4th ggrandfather could be crucial to proving my Harris
line. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
2) 16211. Mary
5 BIGELOW, daughter of Jonathan 4 (Jonathan 3, Joshua 2,
John 1), and Mary (SNOW) BIGELOW, was born 16 July 1731 at Lancaster, MA. She was married at Harvard,
MA on 5 Feb 1751 to Nathan Brooks, son of Joseph and Susannah (Bacon) Brooks. He was born 1 May 1713 at
Concord, MA. His first marriage was 9 Feb 1737 to Sarah Bacon, who died leaving four children. We have no dates of death for either Nathan or his second wife Mary Bigelow. They may have emigrated to Vermont.
>From records at Harvard, MA we take the births of three daughters
Brooks and his wife Mary Bigelow:
16211.1 Mary, bapt 5 Jan 1752 Harvard.
16211.2 Abigail, bapt 24 Jun 1759 Harvard.
16211.3 Sarah, bapt 29 Aug 1766 Harvard.
Although this is a bit confusing, I think that this Mary Bigelow is the
second wife of Nathan Brooks whose first wife was Susannah Bacon. The
family seems to have completely disappeared from Harvard and I see a note
that they "may have emigrated to Vermont". I am curious as to why it is
thought that they could have gone to Vermont since Nathan Brooks son, David
Brooks (by first wife, Susannah Bacon) is thought to be the David Brooks who
was in Chester, Windsor Co. VT - my 4th ggrandfather. I have never been
able to prove or disprove that he is the "real" David Brooks and at this
point, would be happy to simply locate some of the rest of his family nearby
but unfortunately, I have had no success in finding Nathan Brooks' children
by Susannah Bacon or Mary Bigelow. At this point, all I have is my David
Brooks who roughly fits the age criteria to have been Mary Bigelow's
stepson. There are numerous websites that declare him to be so however,
once again, absolutely no documentation other than the little unsourced
published Brooks genealogy by Lee & Mae Corless. Again, any assistance
would be greatly appreciated. BTW - the Harvard Vital Records show
additional children of Nathan Brooks m Mary Bigelow: Elizabeth Brooks
September 30, 1753 and Zaccheus Brooks November 16, 1760.
Interestingly, the Silas Harris of #1 had a daughter who married the son
David Brooks of #2 - they were my 3rd ggrandparents. Proving the ancestry
of both have proven to be exceedingly difficult so perhaps, there is some
clue within the Bigelow family. BTW - it seems to me that if I do manage to
prove the Brooks upline, eventually, I get a Bigelow of my very own.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
GAYLE BOWMAN GOHLISCH FAMILY TREE
CORNELIUS BIGELOW WAS A SON OF ONE OF THE FIVE BIGELOW BROTHERS WHO CAME OVER TO AMERICA IN 1777 WITH A FRENCH SOLDIER, MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE, IN SUPPORT OF AND AT THE TIME OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, WHO LATER BECAME GENERAL LAFAYETTE ON THE STAFF OF GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON; LAFAYETTE CAME TO AMERICA WITH ELEVEN COMPANIONS, FIVE OF WHICH WERE THE BIGELOW BROTHERS.